Turfcare Professionals’ Irrigation event proves so popular that more are expected to follow
By ECG Newsdesk
TURF maintenance equipment experts ReesinkTurfcare and turf irrigation specialists Aquaturf Solutions held a free Turfcare Professionals’ Irrigation Training Day in Dublin this spring to teach course managers how to identify and understand potential faults in their systems, and to demonstrate best operating practice.
What’s more, the event proved so popular that it could well become the first in a series of such days.
Aquaturf’s managing director Stephen Daly explained: “We teamed-up with Reesink to deliver this collaborative event because of their expertise and in-depth knowledge of the industry and irrigation products. Both companies jointly acknowledged a skills gap in the industry’s knowledge of irrigation management, and with market feedback saying there’s a lack of training available to end-users, it was the perfect cue to stage the event.”
Robert Jackson, Reesink irrigation sales manager, said that the day had been arranged to make people more aware of the need to get ahead of the game when it comes to irrigation.
“When problems arise, course managers don’t know how to rectify them and have to bring in contractors, costing both time and money,” he added. “The aim of the training day was to provide information that can be applied to all brands of irrigation equipment, advise on the best sprinkler configurations for different areas of a course and to help end-users develop a trained eye to implement preventative measures against potential problems or ably respond to existing ones.
“We stripped everything back to the basics of sprinklers and hydraulics, to enable course managers to more confidently manage their irrigation systems and give them a degree of self-sufficiency.”
Irrigation designer and consultant, Adrian Mortram, was on-hand to provide presentations on auditing and evaluating irrigation systems, as well as basic irrigation design principles.
He said: “Golf course irrigation in the UK and Ireland is very much a management tool performing two distinct functions: providing soil moisture when there is a deficiency of natural precipitation, and ensuring maintenance practices such as the ‘washing in’ of chemical products and seed germination can be carried out as and when necessary.
“Education and training on how to effectively audit, operate, maintain and understand the design of your irrigation system is therefore absolutely paramount to ensure it will perform to the best of its ability.
“The talks led on these subjects, and the training day as a whole, aimed and delivered on providing course managers with a fundamental understanding of all aspects of irrigation.”